Does a car's nationality matter?

"My dad says I should consider Japanese cars since they have a reputation for reliability. Is there any merit to these kinds of opinions? Does nationality count for anything when it comes to a car’s reliability and quality?

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Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 14, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
“A car’s nationality has historically played a crucial role in its reputation. American cars are powerful and brawny, European vehicles are fuel-efficient, and Asian cars last forever. Or, at least these used to be the viewpoints of consumers.
But in the modern age of outsourcing, a car’s nationality isn’t nearly as important as you might think. Many automakers make parts in one country, put them together in another country, and assemble the vehicles in yet another country.
As a result, it’s best to read reviews about reliability and trust your instincts and tastes when purchasing a vehicle. While some reputations may remain true, relying on factual evidence, the experiences of others, and your own needs is more important than old-school conjecture. “
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